Instead of using the Face Time model, which makes one caller appear much smaller, Instagram wanted to make the broadcast a split screen since they envision these streams to be an equal back and forth between two people.
Sarkar says this is something influencers have been asking for, as a way to communicate more directly and openly with fans.
"We wanted to bring that offline behavior online, so to speak, with a feature that allows you to be live with a friend even if you aren't in the exact same space."A two-person live stream proved to be both a product and technical challenge.
The Live team had to figure out how both people would appear onscreen.
Then there's the issue of making sure the two-person livestream actually works.